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Video: Alex Bregman gives money to fast food workers for Christmas

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Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is known for a lot of things, mostly baseball related. He was the Astros’ first-round draft pick in 2015, then helped the team win the 2017 World Series. He also won the MVP Award for the 2018 All-Star Game. But that’s all on the field.

Off the field, Bregman has a YouTube channel. He mostly has videos of his appearances on MLB Network and College GameDay, crashing a wedding, answering questions, as well as training sessions. Yesterday, which was Christmas, Bregman uploaded a video of him and some buddies driving around to different fast food restaurants. After pulling up to the drive-thru window, he asks the workers if they accept tips. If they say yes, he tips them $100. For the pièce de résistance, at the end of his video at a KFC, Bregman asks how many employees are working. The drive-thru worker says seven, so he hands over $700, $100 for each of them. Their reactions are priceless.

Bregman ended up giving away a total of $1,200. This isn’t the first time Bregman has given away his money. Last month, he tipped a waitress $500 after learning that someone had recently broken into her car.

It is, of course, quite generous of Bregman to give away some money, especially during the holiday season which can be tough for lots of people for various reasons, particularly financial. According to an article by Rachel Abrams and Robert Gebeloff of The New York Times published in May this year, the median hourly wage for a fast food worker is less than $11. At 40 hours per week, that’s under $23,000 per year before taxes. Knowing that, one can understand why Bregman got the reactions he did from the workers he tipped.

Rays place Austin Meadows on 10-day injured list with thumb sprain

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Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.

Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.

Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.

In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.